I am considering the purchase of a SR22 and am looking for the comparison between Generations. I require the difference in specs and the different options available between the generations and differences in spec and options within each generation. I am unable to find these differences in a cohesive format. please help make sense of it all.
Newton. If you join copa it will open up access to many lively conversations about this topic. In addition you will be able to retrieve electronically a copy of the Jan/Feb 2008 issue of copa magazine that compares in great detail the different models through history.
Appreciate the input set forth above, and I look forward to meeting up with you for one of your Sunday Breakfast clubs @ Tamiami one of these weeks.
With regards to your final point, I have heard many mixed #'s as to the understanding the overhead of ownership, can you give an accurate account of what you believe the annual cost total, and per/hr including TBO and Chute Repack reserves in a 2003 vs. 2006. If these costs are the same, what is everything including annual.
Lots of discussion on this on the members’ side including a breakout of expenses for one of the first chute repacks. It would require a LOT of effort to repost the massive amount of data over here. There are older threads where people compare costs of annuals etc. I suggest you join and set aside a LOT of reading time. [:)]
Owning a plane, any plane is kind of like children.
when both ideas are created, the parties have little to no idea what they are getting in to.
no matter how much you plan, both have unexpected costs.
everyone that has one is surpised by how much they cost
They all turn out better or worse, and expectations normally change as time goes on
your reasons for getting one is an illusion created in your mind; having one is a wholy different experience
If you knew the costs, would you change your mind
Are you having one based upon need, want, ego advantage, tax advantage, emotional fullfillment, or just fullfilling your life expectancy.
Every question you ask will have multiple responses
For example. Once would think that the answer to how much an annual inspection cost, should be a simple question, but it’s not
Is the Annual during a warranty period?
will 20-24 hours do it, or is there something wrong that needs to be fixed
Is what is being fixed, necessary or optional
are you going to spend money on upgrades
are you going to spend gobbs of money on data bases
are you going to indulge in airplane stuff; ox tank, special visors, gadget bag, raft, portable telecom system, etc., etc.
how will use the aircraft; business, recreational
must you have a hangar, or is a tie down acceptable
You see where I’m going
Anyone who tells you a specific cost is either snowing you or is dillusional (common among pilots)
A single engine cost between 10k and 2.5 mil give or take; pick your poison
CIrrus operational costs seem to run between $60 per hr. (the cost of gas if you borrow someone else’s plane) to $600.00 per figuring in the aircraft purchase, interest, maint, variable, and fixed expenses.
So the best answer is . . .
FOLLOW YOUR HEART, because you can’t take it with you. There is no right or wrong answer.
Dennis is correct to follow your heart as long as the wallet can feed the habit. Year to year costs will vary widely but an old rule of thumb is 2 1/2 to 3 times the current fuel cost times the gallons used per hour. 3 times has been just about right on when we smooth the data for 5 years of history. If you fly 100 hours a year and $25,000+ a year scares you then walk away and rent.